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The Piccadilly Plot: Chaloner's Seventh Exploit in Restoration London (Thomas Chaloner Book 7)

The Piccadilly Plot: Chaloner's Seventh Exploit in Restoration London (Thomas Chaloner Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Gregory
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Crystal-clear prose and deliberate pacing ensure that the reader can follow the twisted trails to the truth as well as Chaloner can (Publisher's Weekly)

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The seventh Thomas Chaloner adventure in Restoration London

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (19 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065JMQL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, doing fieldwork with whales, seals and walruses during seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology.

She is the creator of the Thomas Chaloner series of mysteries set in Restoration London as well as the Matthew Bartholomew books, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Plotted 9 April 2012
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Susanna Gregory prologues her seventh Thomas Chaloner murder mystery in Tangiers with the fateful charge of Colonel Teviot up a hill that leads to the death of five hundred of England's finest. Problem is, the charge wasn't quite so fateful given the false scouting information given by Harley, Newell and Reyner - members of the Piccadilly Company, who are dealing in illegal trading of a lot of gravel and glassware. Of course, gravel and glassware doesn't quite prove to be the commodity that has the foppish courts of Charles II split into the warring merchants and Thomas quickly finds himself tasked with four matters to uncover. Firstly, Clarendon wants him to find who has been pilfering the bricks he needs to build his new palatial mansion; secondly, he is charged by Clarendon's wife, Frances to discover why Cave was murdered by Eliot in a fight in Piccadilly in the opening pages of the book; thirdly, to uncover the culprit putting letters in the Queen's private boudoir implicating her in a plot to kill Pratt, the architect designing Clarendon's new abode; and fourthly, why Teviot was send to his death in Tangiers. What makes it tricky is his somewhat selfish employer who thinks his bricks are the priority whilst the obvious attempts to push England and Portugal into war are clearly of wider import to both Thomas and Thurloe.
Thrown into Ms Gregory's inevitable mix are the likes of Margareta and Janzoon, ambassadors from Holland whose poor grasp of the English language leads to unfortunate mispronouncements that gradually raise the offence and ire of the Court. We have the dastardly privateer, Fitzgerald - a man whom even Thurloe fears - who leads the Piccadilly Company with his motley crew of henchmen directed by the openly murderous Brinkes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Chaloner! 29 Nov 2012
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As with C.J.Sansom's Matthew Shardlake, an evocative description of historical London. Excellent story, characters and settings. I really love the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff 24 Feb 2014
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Really enjoyed this Thomas Chaloner book - good plot and nice twists. So glad that Susannah Gregory can churn these and the Bartholemew series out at such an incredible rate!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHALONER INVESTIGATES 26 Dec 2013
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Combine Gregory's fine writing, meaty with surprising gems of history, served up in an excellent plot and with just the right amount of character colouring and background painting, and you have a book to make anybody forget the winter woes and the terrible weather. The Piccadilly Plot is better than any scarf, electric blanket or overcoat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No disappointment 5 Aug 2013
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As usual Susanna Gregory lived up to her reputation for good story telling, interesting characters and historical atmosphere and accuracy. Great addition to the Thomas Challoner series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 April 2013
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Another excellent well researched book, an excellent series by a very talented writer. Hoping for some new stories added to the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Mar 2013
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I really enjoy following one particular character through a series of adventures and have read several such series. The Thomas Chaloner books are a prime of example of such books
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read 8 Mar 2013
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I have the pleasure of owning all the books about Thomas Chaloner, once a Parliamentarian and now spy for the Earl of Clarendon. I have thoroughly enjoyed all Susanna Gregory's books on Chaloner's adventures in restoration London but this has to be the best yet. I found it difficult to put down and was guessing to the end who was the mastermind behind all the villanous acts. Susanna Gregory has to be congratulated on how cleverly she weaves a number of sub plots within the main plot. This book is no different, because no sooner is Chaloner recalled from Tangier by the Earl than he is given a number of problems to untangle, not least being asked by Williamson the Spymaster for his help. I particularly admire the way Ms Gregory manages to invent a thoroughly enjoyable story based on so many real characters from the past. A wonderful read. Can't wait to acquire her latest book on another Chaloner adventure.
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